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European Journal of Dermatology

Emotional distress and health-related quality of life among cutaneous melanoma follow-up outpatients: the role of self-perception of body image and surgical scarring Volume 27, issue 4, July-August 2017

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Authors
1 “Rita Levi Montalcini” Department of Neuroscience,
University of Turin,
Turin,
Italy
2 Department of Medical Sciences,
Dermatologic Clinic,
University of Turin,
Turin,
Italy
3 Section of Dermatologic Surgery,
Oncology and Haematology Department,
AOU Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino,
Turin,
Italy
4 Centre of Behavioural Sciences and Mental Health,
Italian National Institute of Health, Rome,
Italy
5 Department of Psychology,
University of Turin,
Turin, Italy

Standard surgery for cutaneous melanoma (CM) consists of “en bloc” excision of the tumour with margins containing normal-appearing skin and underlying subcutaneous tissue. More than half of patients with scars, including non-cancer patients, suffer emotional distress (ED), whereas almost all of them experience impaired health-related quality of life (HRQOL) [1]. Even with the surgical trend towards narrower resection margins, no significant changes have been observed on patients’ HRQOL or ED [...]